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Epic granted temporary restraining order for UE, but not Fortnite

Published: 10:41, 12 October 2020
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Even though the Epic Games v. Apple case isn't going for a jury trial in 2021, that doesn't mean there won't be more waiting involved for those waiting to fire up Fortnite on iOS.

Initially, the judge said the case of Epic Games v. Apple is too much for a single person to handle, hence the recommendation for a jury trial. Unfortunately, that would've dragged the case into 2021 and onwards, and neither company was interested in such a solution. 

In regards to Unreal Engine, Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers said, "Epic Games and Apple are at liberty to litigate this action for the future of the digital frontier, but their dispute should not create havoc to bystanders. Thus, the public interest weighs overwhelmingly in favor of Unreal Engine and the Epic Affiliates."

Basically, it means Unreal Engine is not supposed to take any flak for the transgressions of its commander in chief Epic Games and/or Fortnite. 

Fortnite, on the other hand, will not be returning to Apple's App Store until they comply with the iOS maker's terms and conditions, specifically those on in-app payment processing. 

The layered nature of the case can be gleaned from the companies' statements, as the two appear to have very different takeaways from what was decided. 

Epic Games stated that they're glad that Unreal Engine users are legally protected from anything Fortnite-related, insisting they'll continue to pursue avenues to end Apple's "anti-competitive behaviour". 

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On the other side of the ruling, Apple were thankful that the judge recognised who cast the first stone, so to speak. "We're grateful the court recognized that Epic’s actions were not in the best interests of its own customers and that any problems they may have encountered were of their own making when they breached their agreement", they said. 

Thanks, Verge

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